Aug. 2, 2021

Masks to be required inside Elliott Hall of Music during commencement ceremonies

Note to journalists: Journalists visiting campus should follow visitor health guidelines.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In accordance with Protect Purdue guidelines, masks are required for anyone attending Purdue University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday (Aug. 7) in Elliott Hall of Music, meaning all people inside the building will be required to wear masks.

Purdue announced Friday that masks in all indoor spaces are required on campus for students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. 

The university will host two commencement ceremonies Saturday in Elliott Hall on the West Lafayette campus. The first ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. and will include all undergraduate, master’s and professional degree candidates. The second ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. and includes all Ph.D. candidates.

Commencement tickets are required for admission to Elliott Hall of Music. Doors open 90 minutes before each ceremony. All attendees with bags will need to have their bags checked at the door for entry. Additional information is available on the Summer 2021 Commencement page. The commencement exercises will be livestreamed.

Full Protect Purdue masking protocols are available online.

More detailed guidelines for fall 2021 for students and for faculty and staff are available at the Protect Purdue website.

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Writer: Matthew Oates, 765-586-7496 (cell), @mo_oates 

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Media visitor protocols during pandemic

Journalists visiting campus: Journalists should follow Protect Purdue protocols and the following guidelines:

  • Campus is open, but the number of people in spaces may be limited. We will be as accommodating as possible, but you may be asked to step out or report from another location.
  • To enable access, particularly to campus buildings, we recommend you contact the Purdue News Service media contact listed on the release to let them know the nature of the visit and where you will be visiting. A News Service representative can facilitate safe access and may escort you on campus.
  • Correctly wear face masks inside any campus building, and correctly wear face masks outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

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